PHILIP POTEMPA began covering theater in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois for The South Bend Tribune in 1992, before joining The Times of Northwest Indiana and Illinois in 1995 where he worked for two decades as a features writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist.
Now, his Of Notoriety entertainment column, his popular From the Farm recipe column and his cover story feature interviews appear in print in The Post-Tribune and The Chicago Tribune’s newspaper chain, as well as at www.chicagotribune.com. He is author of three published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences. His third book, “Further From the Farm” (2010 Pediment Press) continued the chronicle of his journalism journey and features favorite celebrated stories from his interviews, including Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Karl Malden, Phil Donahue and Bea Arthur. He also is an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University Northwest. He joined Theatre at the Center as Marketing Director at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Ind. in November 2015. When not writing his columns, lecturing in a classroom or in a theater seat, Philip divides his time between his family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago. He can be reached here.